I'm having a wonderful time. Wish you were here!
My guests are a cousin/sister-in-law and her husband. I heard you say "Huh?" OK. She was a cousin to my late husband, but they were very close. My hub had no siblings, and although she is much younger than he was, they became close for many reasons. His father and her father were brothers. When his father died when he was just 5, her father and mother were there to help his mother raise him. For all practical purposes, his uncle became the closest thing to a father he had from that day forward.
When his cousin came along some 15 years after him, she idolized him. In fact, when he married his first wife and she was furiously jealous. Never mind that they were cousins. When you're just a little kid, being cousins doesn't mean anything in matters of the heart. Eventually, she got over it, forgave him and they became fast friends. By the time I married into the family, they called each other sister and brother, and that's how it has remained. Now, to my pleasure, she refers to me as her sister-in-law.
This is the first time we've been together since my husband's death. She was with us during his last week. Last year she and her husband retired and have become full time RVers. they have been traveling around, visiting with their kids, family members, and friends. Currently they are returning to Wyoming where they have lived for the last several years. They will be hosting an RV campsite for the summer in the Big Horns. On their way, the made a special trip here to see me, Allan, and the cousins who still live in Alamogordo where they all grew up.
We have had a super time. We've done the sightseeing/touristy things. One was the Smokey Bear Museum which was pretty special, as it was her dad who was part of the crew that rescued Smokey in Capitan Gap. She had never been there, so that was a treat for her.
We've eaten out several times, enjoying some of my favorite foods at my favorite restaurants. And we have enjoyed lots of home-cooked yummies, too. Tonight we decided we've had a lot, too much of that good food, so we had cheese, crackers, sausage, carrots, celery and wine. That was good, too.
And between the various outings and in-ings, we have talked, talked, talked. I love catching up. It is so good to be with people I love, sharing our memories, telling new stories, and setting the world "right" again, laughing and crying.
The only trouble is .... I'm tired! Don't get me wrong, it is wonderful. I'm loving every minute of it. But I am tired. We're having an easy day tomorrow, probably staying home, then they are meeting with old friends for dinner. Saturday isn't planned yet, and I think we will just wait and see how we feel. Sunday will be the day for getting together with the rest of the cousins for a day of yakkity-yak. Then they will be leaving on Monday or Tuesday. I will hate to see them go. Yes, I'm tired, but it a really happy, contented kind that comes with reuniting with special people.
Don't you wish you were here?